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Published: June 14th 2012
took this pic while I was visiting the bridge
we disembarked Sea Cloud II this morning at 9am and checked into our hotel Neorion which was recommended to us by our friend Annick. we are steps from most everything in the old city but let's go back to our last days aboard Sea Cloud II.
Tuesday night we had a great time at Antonis, a restaurant high up on the mountain overlooking Mytilene. Someone in our group got a referral to a very authentic Greek restaurant which took us a little time by taxi to get to but only 8 euros!!!! once we were seated with a view that I can only relate to Kona, Hawaii we were trying to figure out the menu; our server, Miki, who spoke very little English was trying to make some real nice suggestions and was so cheerful in the process but we weren't "communicating" and then Stefania appeared to rescue us all. She and a friend were at another table and sensed our language problem and came over to help out. What a joy she was (and from Mytilene); we found out she was studying at Tufts University (where our niece Kate had attended the Arts School) in Boston on her way
to becoming a dentist, she helped us order up many mezes (google it) . . . . beer and eventually dessert with Ouzo. As the sun set we took a cab back into the city (I'll have the video up on youtube sometime - truly exciting) and dropped the ladies off so that Ken, Michael and I could go up and visit the castle which was lit up like a Christmas tree. Back to the ship and a late glass of MacCallan and to bed.
Wednesday we have no excursions as we'll sail to Istanbul by way of the Dardenelles, which we should pass into around 4pm into the Bosphorus . . . Troy might be visible off the starboard side and a few hours later during during we'll pass Galipoli on the port side. John Meffert gave a nice lecture on Homer and Greece history while Toni enjoyed a session of reflexology. There is no wind but all sails are unfurled and we might be making ½ knot. We are making plans for Istanbul but our guide, Murat is saying that maybe he'll have some family health issues to deal with and won't be available.
This evening is described as “elegant dress” and the Hunters have told us they've been invited to join chief mate Katherine's table . . . . . before this revelation, they had already told us they weren't going to dinner as they have nothing to wear (remember Ken didn't come to the earlier Captain's dinner because he didn't have a coat). I told him it's an opportunity not a problem. We're from California, a Tommy Bahama shirt would qualify as elegant but he's demurring.
They've now furled the sails and we are motoring. I think that's the last we'll see of the sails. I've finished the lyrics of my song “Sail on Sea Cloud” and will enter them into the guest log book in due course.
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